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    At 100 years old, the National Park Service is looking marvelous

    To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, we asked members of the DC Focused photography community to share their favorite image and memory from a national park. Of course, some of our members were quick to point out that the NPS does far more than manage America’ 59 national parks. It also oversees many national monuments, historic places and, of course, the National Mall here in D.C. While the images are stunning, what we love about these photos are the memories they evoke and the emotions associated with them. To the men and women who help protect and preserve our shared heritage, thank you…

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  • Contests,  Drink City

    Cocktail Photo Contest Results

    Featured image by Beau Finley The first Drink City cocktail photography contest is over!  Thank you to all who participated – the variety of cocktails and photos submitted were truly inspiring.  As mentioned in the announcement, the winning photographers will receive a 2016 D.C. Passport.   Grace C. submitted several photos of vodka cocktails that look perfect for warm summer evenings.  Clif Burns teased us with four different cocktails in his submissions, including some classics as well as the resurgent Burmese drink, the Pegu Club Cocktail.  Rob Cannon opted for a highball, but pedantry aside, his photo of a vodka soda was too pretty not to include here. Without further…

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  • Events

    Snowbirds Invade

    Yesterday, around 12:25 p.m., the Snowbirds put on a short demonstration over the District.  The Snowbirds are Canada’s equivalent of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds; they’re a flight demonstration team that brings “thrilling performances to the North American public.”  A number of DC Focused photographers managed to take some fantastic shots of the Snowbirds’ two passes over the city.  Here are some of the best that were added to the DC Focused Flickr pool.            

  • Music

    In Memoriam

    A couple of weeks ago, I caught a series of experimental musicians at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar, a favorite haunt in Adams Morgan.  The bands were playing a memorial party in honor of Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and musician who died suddenly in April 2015.  Friends and family of Jeffrey attended and the vibe was of camaraderie and mutual support.  It was a beautiful night. Tag Cloud, a local drone musician, kicked things off with a thick and somber set. NarkotroniK, already profiled briefly on DC Focused, followed with dark dance tunes and keytar.   Shooting at Dr. Clock’s can often be a challenge given its minimal lighting…

  • Cherry blossoms

    Our giant, expanding 2016 #CherryBlossomsDC Roundup

      The cherry blossoms are back, which means it’s time once again for our super-sized cherry blossom photography roundup. Better than last year? You be the judge. But one thing that we will say based on the great contributions to the DC Focused flickr pool is that, perhaps (just perhaps), the reports of flickr’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Want to join the fun? Add your cherry blossom photo to our flickr pool. And be sure to check out the DC Focused Guide to Cherry Blossoms. [Updated: 1:10 a.m., March 30] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line”…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Flight of the birds, snow caps and a urinal

      Hopefully, you’re surviving winter’s last gasp. Hang in there. Warm weather and spring is just around the corner. If you’re in Virginia and looking for events to photograph, you can get an early start on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And not to be out done, Annapolis is hosting its own Irish Festival. Featured image, Navy Yard – Old 933 by Brian Mosley, is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

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  • Featured,  Process

    Revisit: Panama, July 2011

    Revisiting old photographs for the purposes of processing (or reprocessing) can be more than a trip down memory lane. For me, there’s a lot of “oof, that is terrible” and “I knew to shoot in RAW, why didn’t I shoot in RAW?!” and the occasional “maybe I can do something with this shot.” As technology has continued its forward march, I have changed my editing methods and improved upon my editing. Sure, there are plateaus and maybe some (I hope shallow?) valleys, but revisiting old photos helps me see my progress, as well as areas where I can improve. Below, I go through three photos I took in July 2011…

  • Weekend Focus

    Get ready for a blizzard of snow photos

      So, it begins — the avalanche of snow photos in our flickr feed. We can’t wait. Remember to stay safe and warm! And if you’re on Instagram, be sure to tag your photos #dcfocused_snow to enter our Snomaggedon 2016 Photo Contest. Featured image, Snow Train by Rob Cannon is part of our flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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  • Arts,  Featured

    Glen Echo Park

    Nestled between MacArthur Boulevard and the Clara Barton Parkway and only a five-minute drive from our nation’s capital, lies a little piece of local history and an active and vibrant artistic community.  Glen Echo Park serves as host to numerous classes, dances (including contra dances, as previously covered by DC Focused), and a monument to a rich local past.   The Baltzley brothers established Glen Echo thanks in large part to the fortune brought in by Edwin Baltzley’s egg beater patent.  The brothers purchased 516 acres in 1888 to build a large real estate development:  Glen-Echo-on-the-Potomac was to help D.C. rival cities on the Rhine like Cologne, Basel, Strasbourg, Utrecht,…

  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Did you remember the 5th of November?

    Million Mask March by Victoria Pickering   If you’re a photographer in the DMV, then you have absolutely no excuse for not getting to at least some of the FotoWeekDC festivities, which kicks off tonight with the annual bash at the former Spanish Ambassadors house. There’s also still some time to take advantage of this great map that Casey Trees put together showing some of the best tree-lined streets in the District. And if you’re looking for photo ops, head down to Side Yards 2015 on Saturday night. If you need to be persuaded, just read the description: “Three stages of entertainment will showcase the unusual talents of contortionists, magicians,…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Our-creepy-mostly-monochrome Halloween edition

      It’s funny how your frame of mind can influence how you see an image. Take today’s feature image, for example: A wonderful photo with great contrast, leading lines and light. However, when we put it into a Halloween context, it can be kind of creepy, right? The same might be said for a lot of today’s images if you approach them with that mood in mind. Leave us a message down below with what you see in some of these images. Meanwhile, this should be an epic weekend for photography with Halloween on Saturday and Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Sunday. The DC Focused Meetup group…

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  • Weekend Focus

    Weekend Focus: Just hanging out

      Another weekend, another selection of great photos from our DC photo community. Should be another great weekend of photo ops. Justice or Else is rallying on the National Mall on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, Taste of DC once again takes over Pennsylvania Avenue and the Army Ten Miler is off and running again on Sunday morning. Featured image, Untitled by Michele Egan is part of the DC Focused flickr pool. More images from the pool below. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small…